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Lawmakers at a state Senate committee hearing last week on a bipartisan bill to broaden sports gambling in Washington marveled openly that more than 1,800 people had signed into an online legislative … more
A Thurston County Superior Court judge Friday rejected a legal challenge brought by Tim Eyman, Clint Didier and others seeking to strike down Gov. Jay Inslee's mask requirement. Friday's ruling … more
On Jan. 6, rioters charging through the halls of the U.S. Capitol, pounded on the door to the office where U.S. Sen. Patty Murray was hiding with her husband. She recalls shouts of having "breached … more
Lawmakers are again attempting to limit lead in Washington schools' drinking water by requiring school districts to fix or replace fixtures that leach the toxin. This is the third year in a row … more
The state Department of Ecology has delivered its oil spill cleanup invoice to the owner of the former Olympia brewery in Tumwater, a bill that totals $11.37 million, the agency announced. The … more
The Washington State Patrol is looking for a second man who was part of the Jan. 6 crowd that broke through the gates and onto the Governor's Mansion grounds. The man is being investigated for … more
OLYMPIA — Harassing an elections worker in Washington could result in a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine, under a bill sent to the full state Senate Thursday. The proposal was … more
The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is not a "public agency" subject to the Open Public Meetings Act, overturning a lower court's ruling that state … more
During his four-year career in law enforcement, Trevor Davidson has worked as an officer for police departments in two Western Washington cities — first in Everett and now in Renton. For much of … more
Tumwater police are looking for a white man in his 20s who a motorist reported attempted to rob him. About 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, a woman reported she was headed north on Elm Street Southeast when she … more
Avalanches nationwide have killed 15 people in February, including Steve Houle, a Washington State Patrol trooper from Cle Elum. Houle's body was found Monday night, according to WSP's Twitter … more
Joseph Wolf was 16 when he was first placed in solitary confinement. It was not punishment. Instead, he said prison staff hoped to protect him from others, he said. His longest consecutive period … more
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee praised an Idaho U.S. congressman for his proposal to spend $33 billion to breach the four lower Snake River dams. The money would cover dismantling the earthen portions … more
Reacting to the unemployment-claims data breach that exposed the personal information of, lawmakers are looking to beef up the state's cybersecurity practices. At the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, … more
The state Court of Appeals has rejected claims of 13 young plaintiffs that they have a constitutional right to a stable climate system "that sustains human life and liberty." They asked the court to … more
Washington's Supreme Court has signaled approval of resentencing a three-strikes prisoner serving a life sentence after robbing a Snohomish County 7-Eleven store, even though the court declined a … more
A 51-year-old Washington State Patrol veteran caught in an avalanche while snow biking Monday near Cle Elem Lake was found dead, authorities said. Trooper Steve Houle, who worked with the State … more
Washington state would vault to the forefront of the movement to purge fossil fuels from automotive fleets under bills introduced in the Legislature to ban registration of new gas- and diesel-powered … more
One night in January 2020, a man at Rainier School, a state-run center for developmentally disabled people, left his cottage without the knowledge of workers there and walked away into the dark, … more
OLYMPIA — In an effort to make the state's tax system more progressive, Democrats are proposing new taxes on the wealthy, using some new and some old proposals to get there. Washington has one … more
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